One of the most significant collections of works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir to reach the market in recent years, the collection of Elmer and Mamdouha Bobst is comprised of quintessential examples of Renoir’s most favoured subjects. A leader of the French Impressionist movement in the 1870s, Renoir was among the most eminent painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Celebrated for his luminous colours and delicate brushstrokes, the pursuit of beauty was his lifelong endeavour and manifests itself on the luxuriant surface of his canvases.
PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR, FEMME EN CHEMISE BLANC, 1909. ESTIMATE $600,000–800,000.
For Renoir the continuous and compelling source of inspiration was the natural world – the subtle effects of atmospheric light within a landscape, the lushness of a floral arrangement and above all the sensual appeal of a woman. Each of these subjects is contained within the collection – the lush French countryside, a rare depiction of bustling port, a study of roses and nudes, and a pair of visually sumptuous portraits – all offer a rare glimpse at the scope and variability of one of the most celebrated artists. This collection of magnificent paintings is an exquisite testament to Renoir's mastery of the Impressionist style, and reflects his lifelong ambition to redefine the very notion of beauty through his art.
PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR, ÉTUDE DE NUS ET DE FLEURS, CIRCA 1915. ESTIMATE $800,000–1,200,000